Experience

The staff members of RSC have participated in many significant projects, both inside and outside the realm of trains, that were seminal in the electronic transformation of railroad train control, including the present moves to PTC and CBTC systems.  This work has been done for railroads, transit authorities, industry suppliers, and government agencies throughout North America, either as prime or as a member of an engineering team.

Staff members have also completed safety programs for several international projects, evaluating rail products that need to meet differing standards throughout different parts of the world.

NORTH AMERICAN RAILROADS

  • Safety Case (PTCSP) development for several PTC systems.
  • PTC Quantitative Risk Assessment per FRA Regulation.
  • PTC Safety Program Management and Execution per FRA Regulation.
  • PTC System Safety Assessment – Wayside, Carborne, Highway Crossing, Communications subsystems.
  • PTC Specifications for Contractor-executed Safety Programs
  • Independent Safety Assessor for various types of train control systems.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • Safety Case (PTCSP) development for several PTC systems.
  • Support to FRA Rulemaking through RSAC WG (volunteer) participation.
  • Safety Audit for an automated people mover (APM) system for an Airport Authority.
  • Design and safety evaluation of interface between ITS system and railroad crossing controllers.
  • Safety analysis training programs for Federal employees.
  • Design representation for the installation of radiation portal monitors along the Northern U.S. border.

SIGNAL & PTC EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS

  • Evaluation of products for safety and/or reliability, including switch machines, solid-state relays, LED signals, track circuits, PTC WIUs, and crossing gate mechanisms.
  • Safety Assessment of several interlocking controllers, from concept to design to application safety.
  • Evaluation of US standards and practice compliance for designs that meet CENELEC standards.
  • RAMS support for supplier of ATC for light rail.
  • Human Factors Analysis of human-machine interfaces.

RAIL TRANSIT AUTHORITIES

  • PTC system safety programs and analysis for commuter railroads per FRA PTC regulation.
  • CBTC System Independent Safety Assessor (multiple properties).
  • Evaluation of subway Speed Control System.
  • Safety analysis of overspeed protection system.
  • Safety analysis for rail transit on-board and wayside signaling and train control equipment.
  • Support for train control safety testing and commissioning.
  • Development of test equipment and testing of railcar equipment.
  • Development and execution of reliability program plans.

INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS

  • Rail-related rules and standards development for private operations.
  • Site safety audits and assessments.
  • Testing of railroad related equipment to international rail standards using certified labs and Notified Body services available through cooperation with TUV Rheinland worldwide.